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Chapter Three. Africa’s Contribution to European Capitalist Development — the Pre-Colonial Period



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Chapter Three. Africa’s Contribution to European Capitalist Development — the Pre-Colonial Period

British trade is a magnificent superstructure of American commerce and naval power on an African foundation.’Malachi Postlethwayt,

The African Trade, the Great Pillar and Support of the British Plantation Trade in North America, 1745.’

If you were to lose each year more than 200 million livres that you now get from your colonies; if you had not the exclusive trade with your colonies lo feed your manufactures, lo maintain your navy, lo keep your agriculture going, lo repay for your imports, lo provide for your luxury needs, lo advantageously balance your trade with Europe and Asia, then I say it clearly, the kingdom would be irretrievably lost.’



Bishop Maury (of France) : Argument against France’s ending the slave trade and giving freedom to its slave colonies. Presented in the French National Assembly, 1791.




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